3D Printed Guns A Reality?

No background check. No age check. No permission. No Screening. Just a 3D Printer, design, and the materials to do it.

In June, a gun-rights group, Defense Distributed, reached a settlement that allows 3-D printable gun plans online. The plan wasn’t supposed to be online until Wednesday but more than 1,000 people had already downloaded plans to print an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifle, according to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The settlement ends a multiyear legal battle that started when Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson posted designs for a 3-D printed handgun he called “The Liberator” in 2013. The single-shot pistol was made almost entirely out of ABS plastic – the same material Lego bricks are made from – and could be made on a 3-D printer. This no longer requires a lot of specialized materials.

Twenty-one state attorneys general sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday, urging the government to withdraw from the settlement.

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3 3D Printing Trends To Keep Watch On

THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS WILL GROW

In 2018, more industries will find more ways to use additive manufacturing for more applications. Materials other than plastics, such as metals, will help facilitate these new uses, especially in industries such as the automotive and aerospace sectors.

NEW AND BETTER DESIGNS WILL SURFACE

3D printing will enable better product design as more companies start to use it during the design and prototyping process, along with Internet of Things technology.

PROCESSES WILL ACCELERATE

The speed of the 3D printing process will continue to increase, making it more competitive with traditional manufacturing methods.